Kyiv-Ukraine has detained senior government officials and business leaders suspected of being part of Russia’s espionage network, the Security Service of Ukraine said Tuesday.
The Security Services (SBU) did not appoint two suspects, but identified them as senior officials in the Secretariat of the Minister’s Cabinet and head of the business lobby of the Chamber of Commerce.
In a statement from the Telegram app, he said he had carried out a “multi-step special operation” to neutralize spying.
“As a result, in Kyiv, the head of the Secretariat of the Ministerial Cabinet and one of the heads of the Chamber of Commerce’s board were detained,” SBU said.
“These officials have passed on to the enemy a variety of information, from the state of defense capabilities to state border arrangements and personal data of Ukrainian law enforcement officers.”
Russia did not immediately comment on the SBU statement.
The two main suspects said in a video that they were sitting in front of the Ukrainian flag and cooperated with Moscow, where Ukraine has been at war since Russia invaded its neighbors on February 24.
It was not immediately clear if they were compelled to speak.
The SBU said Russia paid the suspect $ 2,000 to $ 15,000 per task, depending on the level of secrecy and the importance of the information. One of the men said in a video that he received a total of $ 33,000 for his activity and the other said he received $ 27,000.
One who had the codename “Kireev” said he has been cooperating since 2016. Another said they have been working together since 2019.